Hollywood took on some old school British charm Wednesday night for the annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Jews took home the gold, with major awards going to Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Stiller.
The Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts named Bonham Carter the British Artist of the Year, and Ben Stiller took home the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
Praising the winners, host Alan Cumming told the audience, "It's all about people who have contributed things over their careers, so it's less faddy and markety and less current, and more about celebrating these people for what they've done over their entire lives."
Yeah, we hate those faddy and markety and current awards shows too. Old stuff is so much better.
J-Connection: Helena Bonham Carter is Jewish through her mother, and her grandfather saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust. Ben Stiller’s family didn’t save anyone, but he is Jewish too. Charlie Chaplin staunchly refused to deny persistent claims that he was Jewish, but history has him baptized in the Church of England.